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Community Mental Health Advocacy

Being diagnosed with a mental illness, or experiencing mental health distress, can sometimes mean that your views and wishes are not taken seriously. This can mean that you are not offered the opportunities and choices you would like.

If you feel you already experience discrimination and exclusion due to your ethnic or cultural background, physical disability, gender, sexuality or age, having a mental health problem can become another barrier to getting your voice heard on issues that matter to you.

Community mental health advocacy could help you to become more involved in the decisions that are made about your life. Find out more about our confidentiality policy.

We provide community mental health advocacy to adults (18 - 65) and in some areas, to older adults (65+). You could be in hospital or living in the community.

Not sure what advocacy is, or how an advocate can help you? Find out more.

Find out how our services have helped other people.

Our services are independent from health or social services and what you tell us will remain confidential (unless of a life-threatening nature). We want you to be in control of the advocacy process and will not make a decision without your consent.

Community mental health advocacy is non-statutory. This means that your local authority does not have a legal duty to provide you with an advocate. We provide community mental health advocacy for adults in some local authority areas. Enter your postcode in the box (top right) to see what services we provide in your area.

To find out if we provide Community Mental Health Advocacy in your area type your postcode into the box above or select your local authority area from the drop down list.

To contact your local seAp office click here.

To view our Mental Health Advocacy Easy Read Presentation click here.

This service is provided by seAp in the following local authority areas:

  • Essex
  • Kent
  • Oxfordshire
  • Plymouth
  • Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
  • West Berkshire
  • "My advocate was knowledgable and I felt more at ease knowing a third party was present. He answered all my questions and explained some things to me."

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